The campus of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is located in the heart of Tel Aviv, immediately adjacent to the Golda Meir Cultural & Art Center (with the New Israeli Opera and the Cameri Theater) and the Beit Ariela Municipal Library. The previous existing main building, a 175,000-square-foot structure by Dan Eytan and Yitzchak Yashar, opened in 1971 and was expanded with an 11,300-square-foot Sculpture Garden (opened 1996) and the 32,300-square-foot Gabrielle Rich Wing (Dan Eytan, 1999). When the Amir Building opens in November 2011, galleries in the main building that were previously used for Israeli art, photography, video, and design and architecture will be dedicated to the Museum’s extensive program of changing exhibitions. The central Sam and Ayala Zacks Gallery in the main building, previously used for changing exhibitions, will now be dedicated to an installation from the permanent collection of European and American art from the era after World War II.
About Preston Scott Cohen Inc.
Preston Scott Cohen is the founder and principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., a full-service architecture firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Commissions encompass projects of diverse scales and types including houses, educational facilities, cultural institutions and urban designs for private owners, institutions, government agencies and corporations. Notable projects include the Taiyuan Museum of Art in Taiyuan, China; Datong Library, Datong, China; Ordos 20+10 Office Building, Ordos, China; Nanjing Performing Arts Center, Nanjing, China; Goodman House, Pine Plains, NY; Inman House, Cambridge, MA; and Torus House, Old Chatham, NY.
Cohen was named Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2008 and serves there as the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture. He is the author of Contested Symmetries (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and numerous theoretical and historical essays on architecture. His work has been widely published and exhibited and is in numerous collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard. He lectures regularly in prestigious venues around the world.
Cohen’s work has been the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Sylvia Lavin, Antoine Picon, Michael Hays, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Terry Riley, Robert Somol, Hashim Sarkis and Rafael Moneo. He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at UCLA (2002). He has held faculty positions at Princeton, RISD, and Ohio State University.